Incorporated into : 1974 Rossendale
Arms : Azure on a Fesse between two Bales of Cotton in chief Or and a Block of Stone with Lewis attached in base proper a Fleece Sable between two Bees volant of the third in the centre chief point a Squirrel sejant of the second.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours in front of a Bale of Cotton Or a Stag [proper] gorged with a Collar Vair and resting the dexter forefoot on a Trefoil slipped Gold.
Motto: 'HONOR ET INDUSTRIA' - Honour and industry
The arms were officially granted on March 13, 1883.
The arms are fairly typical of grants to Victorian industrial towns. The bees stand for industry in general, the fleece and the cotton bales for textile manufacture, and the block of stone for quarrying. The squirrel and stag in the crest both allude to the old Forest of Rossendale that once covered the area.
The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
The arms in the Coffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Literature : Image and information provided by Laurence Jones